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Planned Parenthood Action Fund Statement on Mitt Romney's Quote to "Get Rid" of Planned Parenthood

Contact: Planned Parenthood Action Fund Media Office, 212-261-4433

For Immediate Release: 03.13.12

Statement by Dawn Laguens, Vice President for Planned Parenthood Action Fund, in response to Romney’s comments today regarding Planned Parenthood.

[see full Romney quote below; as well as recent National Journal poll on PP]

“When Mitt Romney says he wants to ‘get rid’ of Planned Parenthood, he means getting rid of the preventive health care that three million people a year rely on for cancer screenings, birth control, and other preventive care. This is dangerous and out of step with what most Americans want.

“Mitt Romney simply can’t be trusted when it comes to women’s health. He supports so-called 'personhood' laws, opposes making birth control affordable and accessible, and wants to undermine women's health care.”  

“Americans want a president who values and protects women's health, not one that plays politics with women’s health.”

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POLLING NOTE: 

A 2/27/12 National Journal Poll showed that 69% of voters opposeCongress cutting off funding for Planned Parenthood, including:

71% of women,

70% of independents

79% of adults under 30

(http://www.nationaljournal.com/daily/public-divided-over-birth-control-coverage-20120227)

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ROMNEY QUOTE: 

At a campaign event in Kirkwood, Missouri, Mitt Romney reiterated his pledge to cut funding for Planned Parenthood:

“… As for ways to reduce debt, (Romney) suggests a few cuts.

‘”The test is pretty simple. Is the program so critical, it's worth borrowing money from china to pay for it? And on that basis of course you get rid of Obamacare, that's the easy one. Planned Parenthood, we're going to get rid of that. The subsidy for Amtrack, I'd eliminate that. The National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities,’ he said.” (WKDK-TV, 3/13/12)

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Planned Parenthood Action Fund is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit membership organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The Action Fund engages in educational and electoral activity, including voter education, grassroots organizing, and legislative advocacy.